- Published on Wednesday, 12 September 2012 17:24
- Written by Elombah.com
Nigerian authorities arrested 11 suspected members of Islamist militant group Boko Haram overnight and seized automatic weapons, ammunition and several homemade bombs, the military said on Wednesday. This comes as Security is beefed up in northern Nigeria Over Movie On Prophet Mohammed that have caused riots in Libya
Boko Haram is waging a low-level insurgency in the largely Muslim north of Nigeria, aiming to revive an ancient Islamic state caliphate in the modern nation of 160 million people, split roughly evenly between Muslims and Christians.
The militants have claimed responsibility for the deaths of hundreds of people since launching an uprising in 2009.
The men were arrested in the Waka-Biu region of Borno state, spokesman for Borno's military and police Joint Task Force (JTF), Lieutenant Colonel Sagir Musa, said.
They recovered a sub machinegun, seven AK-47s, 1,568 rounds of ammunition, 12 empty shells and 19 homemade bombs, he said.
An American Ambassador was killed last night as gunmen attack U.S. consulate in Libya and radical Islamists in Cairo tore apart Stars and Stripes flag in protests over film attacking prophet Mohammed. Just yesterday, Channel 4 was forced to cancel a screening of the controversial documentary after the presenter was threatened with physical violence.
Analysts have warned that these developments should put Nigeria's security forces on red alert for a possible spill over recalling the damage that the Dannish cartoon, and previous killings in northern Nigeria because of alleged insults to Mohammed and Islam have caused.
Boko Haram, whose fighters usually target members of the security forces, government offices and churches, started attacking mobile phone installations last week, saying phone companies were helping authorities to track them.
A military crackdown on the group in the north appears to have weakened their capabilities, and they have not managed a deadly large-scale strike for several months, although they are still active across the north.
Nigeria's government says it is negotiating with some Boko Haram members on a peaceful way out of the conflict. The sect's spokesman has denied it is in talks with authorities but has never ruled them out in principle.